Sunday, May 30, 2010

Given those hurt, Israel clearly wants on-going strife

For those who may not have heard, Israel fired on and boarded the six ship aid flotilla attempting to reach Gaza strip today. While the US sleeps, Israel continues its inhumane and inhuman behavior. I read an article this morning here about the situation. In reading the article and the statements by Israeli officials, one thing has become clear. The people that Israel wants to hurt are the ones who want peace. The moderate voices are the ones who are being marginalized and harmed by the continued blockade on humanitarian and building supplies.

Many of you likely remember the shelling early last year that left homes, schools, and hospitals destroyed. And, who was it that was shelling again? Oh, right... it was the Israeli military. The same people who refuse to let concrete come in caused the dire need in the first place. And, who is hurt by such a ban? Is Hamas the primary injured party here?

The article talks about the supply tunnels that were such a key issue for the Israelis. It reminds us that food and other smuggled items are reaching Gaza through them. So, Now I ask you to ponder a question. Who benefits from the smuggling? Stay with me, here, Hamas has control over Gaza. Hamas controls the tunnels and the smuggled goods. So, how many Christian families (and yes, there are some) do you think receive that aid? How many Fatah supporters are getting food and supplies? Hamas will definitely take care of its own, when it comes to food, medicine, and supplies.

So, as you see, the people being devastated by the continuing blockade and inhumane treatment are those voices that aren't with Hamas. The potential peacemakers are thrown into ever greater poverty. The pressure will continue, and many will likely bow to the tide and join the ranks of Hamas supporters. And, who does that hurt? Apparently no one, since clearly Israel wants continued strife and fighting. Unfortunately, those marginalized people demonstrate once again that Israel has no interest in peace.

And, how sad is it that one of those on the flotilla is a holocaust survivor? I would hope, when confronted someone like this, you would be able to see the plank in your eye. When you feel like this is the only way to draw attention to the wrong actions of your own people, how devastating when violence is their response? As for me, my prayers are with those who have died, those who are injured, and those who continue to wait and hope for someone outside to hear their cries, their pleas, their need. Oh, and I pray for the Israeli people. I pray that God will open their eyes to the evil that they are perpetrating - each with their silence - and their hearts to the harm that they are doing. I pray that God will be merciful and just and move them to become human once again...

Sad confrontations...


At 3:10 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

It's an upsetting situation but solutions are not obvious. Provoking Israel and expecting Israel to let just anything through is not being realistic.

Why did Hamas bomb Israel? Was that supposed to help the situation? Is that "wanting peace"? Did they think that this would get more food medicine and other basic supplies to their people?

Everyone is so quick to assign blame in this, especially if they're not in the firing line of Hamas rockets. No one is stopping and asking how to really help those living in Gaza in such terrible conditions!

At 10:40 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Sharon, truly situations are not simple. The one thing that I am certain of is that treating people inhumanely will cause the to respond as non-humans. And, it's not that everyone expects Israel to let everything through... but maybe ANYTHING would be a start. As you may have noticed, I have no sympathy for Hamas. But Israel isn't hurting them nearly as badly as the non-Hamas suppoters. Perhaps that ought to give them pause. But, then I doubt it would serve their interests. Sad situation...


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